As part of the 175th anniversary celebration of Oglethorpe University's founding, join us for a fall weekend in Savannah, Georgia, where James Edward Oglethorpe and his settlers landed on Yamacraw Bluff on February 12, 1733.
The city of Savannah was founded on that date, as well as the Providence of Georgia. The city of Savannah and General Oglethorpe have a rich history.
A wonderful weekend is planned - full of history, fun, Spanish moss, cobblestones, gorgeous architecture and Southern food.
Friday, September 24 - Sunday, September 26, 2010
Friday, September 24
Arrive in Historic Savannah this morning and check into the Mulberry Inn - located in Savannah's Downtown Historic District on Washington Square with local businesses, recreation, and historic sights at your doorstep. Enjoy a full breakfast each morning at the Mulberry Inn.
The Mulberry Inn dates back to the 1860s when it served as a cotton warehouse and a livery stable. In the early 1900s, the site became the second Coca-Cola Bottling Company in the United States.
Enjoy free time this morning.
Check out the 2010 Savannah Jazz Festival, City Market, River Street and more.
All Savannah Jazz Festival events are free and open to the public.
Lunch at Mrs. Wilkes | 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The trolley and escort will pick up the group at the hotel and transport them to lunch at Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room, a Savannah favorite. Enjoy Southern cuisine served family-style. Recently made even more popular by President Obama.
Historic City Tour | 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Our group will be picked up by Oglethorpe Trolley Tours at Mrs. Wilkes to begin a tour of Savannah’s Historic District. Visit the synagogue Mickve Israel, the riverfront site where the colonists landed in 1733, the Oglethorpe monument in Chippewa Square and learn more about John Wesley and Yamacraw Indian Chief Tomochichi.
At Home with History and Hospitality | 4:15 p.m. -6 p.m.
At the conclusion of the tour, enjoy wine and refreshments at the Taylor Street private home of John Duncan, Professor Emeritus at Armstrong Atlantic State University. He'll share information about James Oglethorpe at his home on Monterey Square - the same square as the Mercer House - made popular by John Berendt's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. At the conclusion of the lecture, the group will be taken back to the Mulberry Inn.
Dinner on own this evening.
We will share suggestions, but in the meantime, here are a few.
Saturday, September 25
Enjoy breakfast at the Mulberry Inn.
It’s Hip to be Square | 9 a.m. -10 a.m.
Meet at Ellis Square where Christian Sottile, Urban Planner/Designer and Architect will tell us about Savannah’s famous town plan and discuss the history/significance of the squares and the Trustees Garden.
Low Country Tour | 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Our group will depart the Downtown Historic District for the Low Country tour in mini-buses accompanied by guides to Savannah’s countryside or Low Country. Visit Bethesda Home for Boys founded by Rev. Whitfield as an orphanage in 1734 and Wormsloe Historic Site. The site was a land grant by King George II. The group will visit the Tabby Ruins and the archives and have a private tour of the Barrow Family Library adjacent to the home. We will return back to the Downtown Historic District.
Lunch will be on your own.
Some lunch suggestions: SoHo South Cafe, B. Matthews, Tubby's Tank House on River Street or Vinnie Van Go-Go Pizza.
Enjoy free time exploring City Market, shops on Broughton Street, explore SCAD galleries and more.
Check out the 2010 Savannah Jazz Festival.
Or take a drive to Tybee Island, Savannah's beach, located approximately 20 - 25 minutes from the Downtown Historic District.
Tea Time and Cocktails | 6 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
The Alumni Office invites our guests to join us for Tea Time in the lobby at the Mulberry Inn. Enjoy a cocktail or a glass of wine compliments of the Alumni Office. Then we'll head to dinner at the Olde Pink House.
The Mulberry Inn offers a complimentary Afternoon Tea Time for its guests from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. daily - complete with dessert treats, coffee and a live pianist...and Southern charm and elegance.
Dinner at the Olde Pink House | 7 p.m. -9 p.m.
Enjoy dinner with our group at The Olde Pink House. The pink stucco building location on Reynolds Square was once the home of Royal Governor James Habersham when Savannah was the capitol of Georgia. The building later became the Planter’s Bank.
Entrée choices will be available, and one glass of wine provided for each group member. Local alumni are invited to join us at the Olde Pink House.
(Optional Evening Activity)
Haunted Pub Crawl | 9 p.m. -10:30 p.m.
After dinner, our group will depart for a haunted pub crawl. Our tour will begin at the Old Pink House, and we'll visit several pubs and hear stories of lore and legend on this walking tour in the Downtown Historic District. Your tour will conclude near the Mulberry Inn.
Cost per person: $20. Drinks not included in the price
Nightlife suggestions following the Haunted Pub Crawl: jazz'd, Rocks on the Roof, Saya Lounge and Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos Saloon.
Sunday, September 26
Check out of the Mulberry Inn.
Visit some 2010 Savannah Jazz Festival events.
The deadline to register for this Savannah visit is August 10.
You can register for this weekend in Savannah one of three ways:
Call the Alumni Office (404-364-8893) with your credit card number
Or write a check payable to Oglethorpe University and send it to Oglethorpe University, ATTN: ALUMNI OFFICE, 4484 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30319
$639 per single
$878 per couple (couple of significant others, couple of roommates, etc).
Please note: the price difference is based on the hotel cost. It is less per person for a couple because they share a hotel room.
Cost includes: 2 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, transportation, guides and escorts for tours and events, lunch at Mrs. Wilkes, Savannah Downtown Historic Tour, talk and refreshments at John Duncan’s home on Monterey Square (At Home with History and Hospitality), Christian Sottile's It's Hip to Be Square segment, Low Country tour and admissions, dinner at The Olde Pink House to include one glass of wine per guest, tax and restaurant gratuities.